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In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
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In Cold Blood is a non-fiction recount about the murder of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas on a November night in 1959. Admittedly, I knew very little of the story prior to reading this book, as this took place well before my time, nearly 30 years before I was born. This is the first Capote book I’ve read and despite the somber subject, I found it to be an engaging read.

It’s impressive that Capote was able to reconstruct the story, background and investigation with the level of detail provided throughout the book. I felt like a thorough picture was painted of who the Clutter family was, as well as who the two murderers were. Troubled pasts and pent up resentments are no excuse for the horrific crime they committed, though it was interesting to rewind and see how the killers had reached this point. I was not unhappy to see justice ultimately served in this case.

I enjoyed Capote’s writing style in In Cold Blood, a leisurely build - initially two “separate” stories that undoubtedly, knowing the premise of the book, will intertwine at some point, and continue keep you engaged all along the way.
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Reading Progress

December 7, 2016 – Shelved
December 7, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
October 12, 2018 – Started Reading
October 12, 2018 –
page 52
15.16%
October 13, 2018 –
page 159
46.36%
October 14, 2018 –
page 232
67.64%
October 16, 2018 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Cheri (new) - added it

Cheri Ooooh, looking forward to your thoughts on this, Brandice! I keep getting prodded by my son to read this!


Ginger Great review Brandice!


message 3: by Cody (new)

Cody Excellent review!


Brandice Cheri wrote: "Ooooh, looking forward to your thoughts on this, Brandice! I keep getting prodded by my son to read this!"

Thanks Cheri, I’d recommend it! Though a dark topic generally, the story is engaging!


Brandice Ginger wrote: "Great review Brandice!"

Thanks Ginger! I enjoyed your review too :)


Brandice Cody wrote: "Excellent review!"

Thanks, Cody!


message 7: by Jaline (new)

Jaline Terrific review, Brandice! I read this a long time ago but I don't remember when so it isn't on my list. :)


message 8: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Great review Brandice. Sounds a fascinating story.


message 9: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Wonderful review, Brandice! :) I have had this on my to read list for so long. I really need to find the time for it.


Marialyce I read this a few years ago and it was chilling. I enjoyed reading your review, Brandice.


Brandice Jaline wrote: "Terrific review, Brandice! I read this a long time ago but I don't remember when so it isn't on my list. :)"

Thanks Jaline! I know you’ve read So! many books, aim sure it’s hard to keep track of them all! :)


Brandice Sandra wrote: "Great review Brandice. Sounds a fascinating story."

Thanks Sandra, it really was!


Brandice Michelle wrote: "Wonderful review, Brandice! :) I have had this on my to read list for so long. I really need to find the time for it."

Thanks, Michelle! It was on my TBR list for a long time too - I hope you can find the time for it!


Brandice Marialyce wrote: "I read this a few years ago and it was chilling. I enjoyed reading your review, Brandice."

Chilling is the perfect word to describe it, Marialyce. Thanks, I enjoyed your review of this one as well! :)


message 15: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Kwiatoski Yes,Capote tells the story with skill and style and brings you into the world of both the killers and the victims. A hard story, but it did keep me engaged, too. Thanks, Brandi


Ginger Brandice wrote: "Thanks Ginger! I enjoyed your review too :)"

Thanks Brandice!


message 17: by Antoinette (new)

Antoinette Great review, Brandice! Have never read this book, although I meant to. You’ve motivated me to move it up.


Julie Excellent review, Brandice!!


message 19: by Nicola (new)

Nicola Really interesting review Brandice!!


message 20: by Richard (new)

Richard I’ve picked this book up so many times ....... and then put it down again. After reading your review I will definitely give it a go :)


Brandice Antoinette wrote: "Great review, Brandice! Have never read this book, although I meant to. You’ve motivated me to move it up."

Thanks Antoinette, I hope you enjoy it!


Brandice Nicola wrote: "Really interesting review Brandice!!"

Thanks, Nicola! :)

Julie wrote: "Excellent review, Brandice!!"

Thanks, Julie! :)


Brandice Richard wrote: "I’ve picked this book up so many times ....... and then put it down again. After reading your review I will definitely give it a go :)"

Great Richard, I hope you enjoy it! :)


message 24: by Meredith (new)

Meredith Glad you enjoyed this, Brandice! This has been on my tbr forever--I hope I get to it one day. Great review!


Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader Terrific review, Brandice! Happy you enjoyed it!


Brandice Meredith wrote: "Glad you enjoyed this, Brandice! This has been on my tbr forever--I hope I get to it one day. Great review!"

Thanks Meredith, I hope you get a chance to read it someday too! :)


Brandice Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader wrote: "Terrific review, Brandice! Happy you enjoyed it!"

Thanks, Jennifer! :)


message 28: by JanB (new)

JanB I read this many years ago Brandice, and it left quite an impression. Nicely reviewed!


Vanessa I’m still haunted by this book. Great review.


message 30: by Jess☺️ (new)

Jess☺️ Fantastic review Brandice!!😊


message 31: by Holly (new)

Holly  B Sounds pretty chilling,Great review Brandice!


Brandice Vanessa wrote: "I’m still haunted by this book. Great review."

Thanks Vanessa, haunting seems like an appropriate word - I’ll probably be thinking about this one for a long time!

JanB wrote: "I read this many years ago Brandice, and it left quite an impression. Nicely reviewed!"

I can see why! Thanks, Jan! :)


Brandice Holly wrote: "Sounds pretty chilling,Great review Brandice!"

Thanks Holly, it was chilling!

Jess ☺️ wrote: "Fantastic review Brandice!!😊"

Thanks, Jess! :)


message 34: by Susanne (new)

Susanne  Strong Fab review Brandice!


Brandice Susanne wrote: "Fab review Brandice!"

Thanks, Susanne! :)


Mary Beth *Traveling Sister* Awesome review, Brandice!


Brandice Mary Beth *Traveling Sister* wrote: "Awesome review, Brandice!"

Thanks, Mary Beth! :)


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